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A neighborhood south of Downtown Jackson is about to receive a big overhaul, as the City of Jackson prepares to start a massive road construction project on Monday, July 15 that will last until mid-November. The work focuses on the area surrounding Austin Blair Park, where crews will replace water mains, reconstruct intersections, resurface streets, and build a new traffic circle around the park.
Crews will first start work at the intersection of Greenwood Avenue and W. Morrell Street, which is a busy intersection outside Downtown Jackson. Existing pavement will be removed so an aging water main under the intersection can be replaced. Once that work is complete, the intersection will receive new pavement, curbs and sidewalks, and improved traffic signals. This area will be closed to through traffic during construction, which is expected to last until mid-August. Seeing as this is a major access point to the downtown area, drivers should seek alternate routes.
Once work at the intersection is complete, crews will move north to replace water mains and resurface streets on Greenwood Avenue and S. Jackson Street up to W. Franklin St. This work will also include constructing a new traffic circle surrounding Austin Blair Park. The traffic circle is being added to the area to increase traffic flow in and out of downtown, and to make the surrounding intersections safer. This phase of the construction is expected to wrap up in mid-November.
Street surfaces on Greenwood Avenue and W. Morrell Street have been in poor condition for several years. Assistant City Engineer Troy White says the Engineering Division is looking forward to improving this area of the city. “Work on Greenwood and the traffic circle will not begin until the first phase is complete. Reconstructing Greenwood and Morrell is the first priority so traffic patterns and school bus routes will not be impacted for long periods of time,” White said.
The City of Jackson will be providing updates on the construction to neighborhood residents and businesses throughout the project.